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Knees extremely painful after running

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  • Posted By: Crashoran
  • August 2, 2009
  • 04:19 PM

About 6 days ago I decided to start working out again with a friend and we ended up running 2 miles together on the local school's track, everything was fine. Last night I went back and ran another 2 miles - I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I couldn't walk. My knees hurt so bad - there was a shock of pain in my knees when lifting my feet off the ground.

Now the pain is a little bit less, but still hard to walk.

Is this normal?

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  • About 6 days ago I decided to start working out again with a friend and we ended up running 2 miles together on the local school's track, everything was fine. Last night I went back and ran another 2 miles - I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I couldn't walk. My knees hurt so bad - there was a shock of pain in my knees when lifting my feet off the ground.Now the pain is a little bit less, but still hard to walk.Is this normal?Does sound kinda normal- would have expected some sort of retailation from your body if your not used to running and then run for 2 miles- its your bodys way of forcing you to slow down while it repairs itself and builds new muscle.If it carries on for more then a week without improvement, I would go see your doctor, but as your saying its gotten slightly better already, I would wait for a few days more to see if it does get better.Have you tried adding in Omega 3/6/9 oils? either with oily fish, flax-seeds and the oil itself, of by taking capsuals every day? they do make a difference to repair of muscles for me. I know it may seem like there are no muscles in your knee but there will be some minor ones. It can also help "oil the joints" which in time can make things feel alot easier.Also, did you remember to stretch after running? your legs are very suseptable to muscle pains and prangs when you don't stretch- google for some calf stretches and ham-string stretches, they can really make a difference to the way your muscles behave after you have worked out.
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  • Hmmm, it's been a week now. I can walk briskly but it's pretty painful, and running is out of the question because the force of each step is excruciating. I will wait a few more days before I see a doctor.I didn't stretch any when I went running, I probably should have. I also started a new nutrition plan - which is mostly vegetables, pink salmon, kidney beans, whole grains, 0% fat milk, and bananas.
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  • Hmmm, it's been a week now. I can walk briskly but it's pretty painful, and running is out of the question because the force of each step is excruciating. I will wait a few more days before I see a doctor.I didn't stretch any when I went running, I probably should have. I also started a new nutrition plan - which is mostly vegetables, pink salmon, kidney beans, whole grains, 0% fat milk, and bananas.You didn't strech after 6 miles? Wow- well, thats it- I have to say, its a clear conclusion- if you do not strech, your muscles will not repair properly.Let me try to explain:When you excercise, your muscles become shorter. Its a natural thing, and the more you workout, the shorter they become.When you have finished excersing, you need to strech to get the legnth of your muscles back to normal again- they will not do this by themselves! If you don't strech, you risk injury and pain afterwards as a build up of lactic acid which is created from say running, will not be able to diffuse through your body, they instead will leach from your muscle- and partially destroy it. Legnthening the muscle helps the lactic acid escape and stops it causing you harm. Also, streching after working out means you can legnthen the muscle and help it to repair in a way that you can work out without pain the next time.You need to find good streches for your calves, your thighs and your back and sides. It would be a miracle if you did not hurt after newly comming back to excercise and did not stretch!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
    • 00:33 AM
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  • About 6 days ago I decided to start working out again with a friend and we ended up running 2 miles together on the local school's track, everything was fine. Last night I went back and ran another 2 miles - I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I couldn't walk. My knees hurt so bad - there was a shock of pain in my knees when lifting my feet off the ground. Now the pain is a little bit less, but still hard to walk. Is this normal? Normal? Maybe. Depends on your age, family history of arthritis, etc. You may be pushing yourself too hard but one thing in particular comes to mind - what kind of shoes are you using? Are they good, I mean really good, running shoes or just some generic piece of crap from Wal-Mart? You need running shoes, not walking or tennis shoes. Good, brand name running shoes. Check out your local JC Penney for a good selection. I had a similar experience using a treadmill and cheap shoes. Once I spent some good $$$$ on running shoes, the knee pain went away. Good luck!
    Vikefantam 30 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
    • 02:43 PM
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  • Normal? Maybe. Depends on your age, family history of arthritis, etc. You may be pushing yourself too hard but one thing in particular comes to mind - what kind of shoes are you using? Are they good, I mean really good, running shoes or just some generic piece of crap from Wal-Mart? You need running shoes, not walking or tennis shoes. Good, brand name running shoes. Check out your local JC Penney for a good selection. I had a similar experience using a treadmill and cheap shoes. Once I spent some good $$$$ on running shoes, the knee pain went away. Good luck!True running shoes can and do affect your joints, I know as I had my Gait checked at a runners-world store and the problems in my ankles went away. But if its just running once and the person is getting problems, I would say the fact they did not strech would have a huge impact- assuming they were wearing soft trainers (not running in plimpsols for example- you do need cushioning but would assume if your running 6 miles, this is something you would do anyway). making sure you repair any muscle after use- ie streching, makes more of a difference then you realise, without your body able to repair itself, it will hurt. Just how much will depend partially on how well you allow it to repair itself just after you have finished.Aim to hold each muscle stretch for 30 seconds at the least and optimally 120 seconds for the best results. Calf, thigh and side streches are most important, but if you can, try to fit in back bends, neck and across the back too- there are many ways to do this, and if you need help, try doing yoga classes for a while- they are by no means a way out of repairing your muscles yourself, but classes can make you more aware of your body, its need to repair and help you stretch in a more professional setting and so maybe take it more seriously.If it happens again, remember the 4 rules: R.I.C.E: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2009
    • 01:23 AM
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